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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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James E. Walker, overseer of the Miller County poor-house, was born in Wayne County, Ky., April 10, 1849, and is the son of George W. and Polly (Coughron) Walker, both natives of Wayne County, Ky. The father was a painter by trade, and this he carried on most of his time. He went to California at quite an early date, and has never been heard from since. The mother died in Kentucky. They were the parents of three children, of whom our subject is the eldest and only one now living. He was left an orphan when quite small, and was principally reared among strangers. He was reared to farm labor, and this has been his chief occupation through life. In 1869 he went to Warren County, Ill., and remained there for three years. In 1872 he came to Miller County, Mo., locating near Pleasant Mount, where he farmed for some time. In January, 1888, he was appointed overseer of the poor-farm, and holds that position until 1890. The poor-farm has now seven inmates, which is the average number. Mr. Walker was married in 1875 to Miss Mary E. Lawson, by whom he has six children: Aurora, Lenora, Cora, Walter, Ollie and Alonzo. Mr. Walker conducts the poor-farm, and has fifty-five acres of land under cultivation. He has filled the position of overseer in an able and efficient manner, and to the satisfaction of all concerned.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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